Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Training and Certification

Training on the Marine Activities in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations is mandatory for boat pilots and kayak guides to obtain their certification to operate within the boundaries of the marine park.

Classroom training with an instructor

For the 2023 operational season, the training period will run from May 31 to June 22.

Who should attend in-person/on-site training?
  • New pilot 2023 (never piloted in the marine park): training courses will be held in La Baie, Tadoussac and Rivière-du-Loup.
  • New guide 2023 (has never guided in the Marine Park): training will take place in L’Anse-Saint-Jean and Tadoussac.
  • Former pilot/guide who has missed a year of certification renewal (e.g.: guide/pilot who operated in the Marine Park until 2021, but not in 2022).
  • Former pilot/guide who only took pre-registered training in 2022 because his season started after June 30, 2022.

*** Former pilots and guides are welcome to attend one of the in-class sessions, as are naturalist-interpreters. The in-class session can replace the online renewal of the attestation***

Online renewal of certificates

Who can take the online renewal module?

Former pilot/guide operating in the marine park in 2022 who has completed instructor-led training or the renewal module in 2022.

Training on the Marine Activities in the Saguenay–St.Lawrence Marine Park Regulations is mandatory for operators and kayak guides operating in the limits of the Marine Park. SOR-2002-76

Pilotes : capitaines et capitaines-naturalistes d’excursions aux baleines, guides de plongée sous-marine, guides de pêche et instructeurs de voile.

Guides : guide de kayak de mer et planche à pagaie (SUP).

Training manual

Prepare for your examination by downloading the training manual.


New pilots and guides

You can also contact us by e-mail at or by telephone at 418-235-4703 ext. 238.

Boat pilots (classes 1 and 2)

May 31, 2023 – La Baie
June 6, 2023 – Tadoussac
June 15, 20203 – Rivière-du-Loup
June 20, 2023 – Tadoussac

Kayak guides (classe 3)

June 8, 2023 – L’Anse-Saint-Jean
June 13, 2023 – Tadoussac

Online renewal of certificates

Boat pilots (classes 1 and 2)

Kayak guides (classe 3)

If you are experiencing technical difficulties or would like more information,

We wish you a wonderful season in the marine park!